Post 16 Qualifications and Pathways

Work-Based Learning

You can also choose to train while you work by taking on an apprenticeship traineeship.

Apprenticeship: You work for an employer and train to do a specific job at the same time. There are over 280 types of apprenticeship for over 1,500 job roles – anything from engineering to boat-building, or veterinary nursing to accountancy.

Traineeship: Gets you ready for work or for doing an apprenticeship. They last from six weeks to six months and provide essential work preparation training, literacy and numeracy skills and work experience to get an apprenticeship or other job.

Work and job-related courses

NVQs, BTECs, TechBacs and Cambridge Technicals are good qualifications to take if you want to combine hands on, practical learning with studying subjects and technical skills. They are specialist courses which relate to particular jobs, sectors, or subject areas. Depending on what qualifications you take, you can go on to further education, training, or employment, or you can go to university.

Academic Learning

A-levels and other subject-based qualifications like International Baccalaureate (IB).

These are good if there are subjects you like and want to study further, or if you are planning to go to university. You normally need to have at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C 5 to 9 (or an equivalent qualification) and may need at least a grade B or 6 in any specific subjects you want to study.


T Levels are coming to a small number of Schools and Colleges from 2020, currently their are no plans for The Stourport High School and VIth Form College to offer T-Levels, however we want to inform parents and students of these changes to Post 16 courses, as students may chose to take a T Level at another Post 16 establishment.

What is a T-Level?

  • T-Levels are new, two-year, technical study programmes, designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They are equivalent to 3 A Levels and will carry the equivalent number of UCAS points.
  • T Level study programmes will include the following mandatory elements:
    • a ‘core’ set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills, tailored for their chosen industry and occupation: ‘core content’
    • specialist training covering occupational or industry-specific skills: ‘occupational specialist content’
    • an industry placement with an employer, which will last for a minimum of 45 working days

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language

Core Content

  • The core content focuses on students’ knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts, theories, principles and core skills relevant to the Digital T Level. This will include, where appropriate, assessment of knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the route and the pathway. This breadth of content will help to ensure students are able to apply their skills in a variety of contexts and for a variety of different purposes.
  • The core content is assessed through an examination and a practical employer-set project.

Employer-set project

  • The employer-set project ensures students have the opportunity to combine core knowledge and skills to develop a substantial piece of work in response to an employer-set brief.

For more information on T-Levels, please click here. 

Post 16 Pathways